Thursday, July 27, 2017

Gluten Free in London - Breakfast

Before our British Isles cruise on the Disney Magic, we spent five nights in London at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square.  We loved the location, but the room was small, and we had periodic issues with our air conditioner, which was no fun, because it was over 80 degrees the whole time we were in London.


The morning after we arrived, we woke up pretty late and walked over to Selfridges Food Hall to have breakfast.  Beyond Bread, a 100% gluten free bakery with several locations in London, recently replaced the Coori stall in Selfridges.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tupiniquim Brasil Crepes - Edinburgh

During our British Isles cruise on the Disney Magic, we took a shore excursion to Edinburgh.  After we visited Holyrood Palace, we had some free time to have lunch.  I did a lot of research about dining gluten free in the cities we were visiting on our cruise, so I knew exactly where I wanted to have lunch in Edinburgh.


We did not have a hard time finding Tupiniquim Brasil Crepes, because we chose "Directions" in the Find Me Gluten Free app, which takes you into your Maps app.  Thankfully, it was only short walk from where our tour bus had dropped us off in Edinburgh.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Palo Brunch & Dinner - Disney Magic

We recently returned home from a 12 night British Isles cruise on the Disney Magic.  This was our eighth cruise with Disney Cruise Line and our second on the Disney Magic.  I always have my travel agent note my gluten "allergy" on our reservation so that our serving team is alerted ahead of time.  You can find all my previous Disney Cruise Line reviews on the Disney page of my blog here.


When our booking window opened, I made reservations for brunch and dinner at Palo, an adults-only restaurant serving northern Italian-inspired cuisine.  The charge for both brunch and dinner is $30 per person, but it is well worth it.  Brunch at Palo is only offered on sea days, so be sure to make a reservation as soon as your booking window opens, but we had no problem getting reservations for dinner, and could have dined at Palo multiple nights, but our daughters were not happy about us having dinner without them more than once.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Disney Magic - Breakfast

We recently returned home from a 12 night British Isles cruise on the Disney Magic.  This was our eighth cruise with Disney Cruise Line and our second on the Disney Magic.  I always have my travel agent note my gluten "allergy" on our reservation so that our serving team is alerted ahead of time.  You can find all my previous Disney Cruise Line reviews on the Disney page of my blog here.


I pre-ordered all of my breakfasts with our head server Aziz the night before at dinner.  When we had shore excursions in the morning, we ate at Cabanas, and my breakfasts were delivered there at a set time, but on our three days at sea, we had more leisurely breakfasts at Animator's Palate, Carioca's, or Lumiere's.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Gluten Free in Chicago

Last weekend, we stayed two nights at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel.  We loved the location, and would stay there again, even though we had some issues with our room the first night.  Somehow, we were assigned to a room with one king and no sofa bed for four people, and we discovered this when we arrived at 11:00 at night.  We ended up receiving a discount on our stay, and spent the night in a beautiful club level room with incredible views the second night.  My daughters have decided we need to get club level rooms from now on....yikes!


I spent some time researching gluten free options in Chicago on other blogs, and asked my blog readers for advice.  One place that was consistently recommended was Do-Rite Donuts, which has several locations in Chicago.  I pre-ordered my donuts online a couple of days ahead of time, and my husband walked to their Randolph Street location to pick them up when we woke up.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Mara - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

We have eaten at The Mara, a quick service restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, several times in the past year, because we have stayed at the resort twice.  Even if you are staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village instead of Jambo House, it is a short walk to The Mara, which features African and American cuisine.


Two weeks ago, we had dinner at The Mara the night we arrived at Disney World.  The chef I spoke to seemed willing to make me almost anything on the regular menu, but I chose to modify a dish on the allergy-friendly menu.  Be sure to ask about the soups, because the carrot and the butternut squash soups were both gluten free our first night at Jambo House.  I have eaten both soups at neighboring Boma, and they are delicious.  I am also a fan of the African Potjie, which used to be called African Stew.  You can read about it in my previous review of The Mara here.


Terra Treats - Disney's Animal Kingdom

The allergy kiosk has undergone many changes since it first opened at Disney's Animal Kingdom three years ago.  The location has moved, and the name has changed several times, and now Terra Treats is no longer an allergy kiosk, though it does still offer gluten free snacks and drinks.



When we stopped by last week, the cast member I spoke to told me that everything offered at Terra Treats is still gluten free, including the buffalo chicken wings, hummus with vegetables, and the fresh fruit cup.


Yak & Yeti Restaurant - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Last week, my daughters and I had lunch at Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Yak & Yeti, which serves Pan-Asian cuisine,  is a Landry's table service restaurant, just like Rainforest CafeT-Rex and Bubba Gump.



Because they are not Disney owned and operated, Yak & Yeti does not have an allergy-friendly menu, but very quickly, a chef came out to our table to speak to me.  On our previous visit, which you can read about here, I was impressed by all the gluten free options the chef offered me, and I loved the chicken tikka masala I ordered.  This dish is still on the menu, but I did not ask the chef I spoke to last week whether it was gluten free, because I wanted to try something new.